Laputa: Castle in the Sky

Laputa: Castle in the Sky is an anime movie in the Castle in the Sky Franchise
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Studio Ghibli's Second Animated Feature Film

Pazu is a boy who works as the apprentice for an engineer. One day while working, Pazu discovers a girl named Sheeta floating down from the sky. Sheeta is being tracked down by air pirates led by the old captain Dola and the military influenced by the government official, Muska, who are after the pendant that Sheeta carries with her. Pazu agrees to help protect Sheeta from both threats as they also try to uncover the secrets surrounding the legendary floating island known as Laputa, a place that Pazu’s pilot father was believed to had reached years ago.

Taking themes from an aborted earlier project that was eventually made in his absence as Secret of Blue Water, Miyazaki mixed these with elements of Gulliver's Travels and images from his tour of Wales after the miners' strike. With a believably human cast bickering over the remnants of the old order, only to eventually destroy it, it shares many elements with both its predecessor Nausicaä and Miyazaki's later Princess Mononoke. Shown on a double bill with two episodes of Miyazaki's TV series, Sherlock Hound. A lesser known 1980s dub also exists, commissioned by Tokuma and broadcast several times in English-speaking territories. This earlier variant is sometimes erroneously credited to Streamline Pictures, but was solely a Tokuma production, which was merely distributed in America by Streamline.

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Pazu ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Mayumi Tanaka ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Barbara Goodson ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Sheeta ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Lara Cody ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Muska ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Jeff Winkless ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Mark Hamill ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Dola ( x ) ( x ) ( x )

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Hayao Miyazaki Director One of the most widely-recognized anime directors in Japan and probably the most well-known outside of Japan, Hayao Miyazaki is known for his whimsical films, created by the animation studio he co-founded, Studio Ghibli.
Joe Hisaishi Music
Isao Takahata Producer Isao Takahata is an acclaimed director/producer of anime films, co-founder of Studio Ghibli, and long-time collaborator of Hayao Miyazaki.

Original US Poster Art

General Information Edit
Name: Laputa: Castle in the Sky
Release Date: April 1, 1989
Name: 天空の城ラピュタ,
Romaji: Tenkū no Shiro Rapyuta
Release Date: Aug. 2, 1986
Rating: PG
Runtime: 124 (mins)
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Aliases Laputa: The Flying Island
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